The transfer station infrastructure is outdated and no longer accommodates the demands residents put on the site. It has outgrown the current design, resulting in traffic jams, site safety concerns and limited recycling opportunities.
The construction upgrades will expand the site to provide better traffic flow, more recycling opportunities, and improved site safety for customers, waste/recycling haulers and onsite staff. Improvements will include:
This project is valued at $1.67 million. The funding for this capital project comes from reserves in the 2021 solid waste management budget.
The site will be temporarily closed to site users to allow construction to proceed uninterrupted. Heavy equipment working on the site increases concern for safety of all users. Limiting access to only the construction crews avoids close calls and near misses between customers and equipment.
The Regional District recognizes the inconvenience this presents to residents who use the Cummings Road Regional Transfer Station for waste disposal and recycling. The goal is to have the construction finished as early as possible and temporarily closing the site will allow this to happen.
Construction is estimated to begin in May 2021, and anticipated completion is October 2021. For safety reasons, public access will not be permitted during construction.
During the temporary closure of the Cummings Road Regional Transfer Station residents are asked to proceed to the Shelley Regional Transfer Station (15 mins away) or go directly to the Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill (30 mins away).
Regional District staff will monitor the additional pressure that this will have on the alternate facilities and make adjustments to accommodate the increase in operational needs.
We all share the responsibility to dispose of our waste legally and with respect for our neighbours. While we recognize the temporary closure of the transfer station may be inconvenient, there are alternate disposal sites available during the temporary closure. Illegal dumping negatively impacts the environment and attracts wildlife. If you discover an illegal dumping site or witness illegal dumping in the act, please contact the BC Conservation Officers Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline at 1-877-952-7277.
There are no job losses due to this project. Site attendants from the Cummings Road Regional Transfer Station will be reassigned to other sites during the temporary closure.
Similar to operations at the Vanway Regional Transfer Station, there will be a fee for disposal of household waste. There will be no charge for recycling.
Eligible households in the Pineview area are provided with a Pass Card that allows access to the site 50 times in a 12 month period (September 1 to August 31). When residents visit the transfer station, they will swipe their Pass Card over a reader at the gate to gain access to the waste disposal area of the site. Each time they use the card, the remaining visits will be decreased by one. The recycling services area does not require the use of the Pass Card.
For users without a Pass Card, the fee to access the waste disposal area is $6.00 per visit (debit/credit only).
If you require further information, please contact Laura Zapotichny at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-960-4400.